School Details

Fort Dorchester High School

8500 Patriot Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29420
(843) 760-4450

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2088 students 17 students/teacher (SC avg is 16)

Test Scores by grade


High School Assessment Program (HSAP)

In 2011-2012 South Carolina used the High School Assessment Program (HSAP) to test grade 10 students in English/Language Arts and Math. The HSAP is a high school graduation requirement. The HSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficiency level 2.
  • This school in 2013
  • Dorchester 02 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP)

In 2011-2012 South Carolina used the End-of-Course Examination Program (EOCEP) to test middle and high school sutdents in Algebra 1, Biology 1, English 1, and US History and Government. The EOCEP provides tests in high school core courses and for courses taken in middle school for high school credit.The EOCEP is a standards-based test program, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of South Carolina. The goal is for all students to score a C or above.
  • This school in 2013
  • Dorchester 02 School District average
  • South Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Fort Dorchester High School is a public high school in North Charleston. The principal of Fort Dorchester High School is Jim Atkinson. 2,088 children attend Fort Dorchester High School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 30% of the 2,088 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Fort Dorchester High School is 17:1. Cathedral Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 5% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 48% 58%
Black, non-Hispanic 41% 30%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Asian 3% %
Multiracial 1% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30% 41%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    FDHS has allowed for violence and fighting to become the norm. Due to the location of the school the diversity of the students is not taken into consideration. You have a high % of students with no support at home concerning their education or behavioral issues and the minority of students with an excellent support system. This diversity is not handled well by the Administration. New Administration with fresh eyes is needed to re-structure how this school functions. A lot a potential is falling by the way side. (both students & teachers)

  • (2 years ago)

    Fort Dorchester is one of the best schools around!!! The teachers are actually helpful and make class enjoyable to learn. Sure it may be a little crowded in the halls but thats the sacrifice for going to suchja great school!!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Fort Dorchester may be slightly overcrowded and uncomfortable but after about the first month everyone seems to learn their way around the hallways. The academic programs that FDHS offers are highly advanced and in some cases can even count as a free college credit. Such programs in the AP and IB programs along with Honors. Although violence fighting is a some what normal occurance the administration deals with the students accordingly. Fort has many positive programs such as academic awards pep rallies homecoming and patriot pride referrals. Although Fort can be a somewhat tough school to adjust to if coming from a small school or private school the faculty and staff are a generous group of people that want to help students succeed.

  • (4 years ago)

    A high school that shows more than 25 full length movies such as GI Joe Transformers and Gladiator has to be asked how serious they are about educating the students of their school. Teachers that routinely scream at them and call them idiots and have melt downs in the class is not my idea of educating our future generations.

  • (5 years ago)

    Fort Dorchester isn't a bad school at all. It's a normal school compared to charleston county school So what if the teachers aren't the best but they try there hardest to teach. It's just hard for them to teach when there is rowdy students. Principals don't do there job to stop the rowdy kids so the teachers don't teach. It's nobody fault but there own. I love FDHS )

  • (5 years ago)

    I find that Fort Dorchester is the worst school in DD2 county. The administrative consequences are far too harsh for such petty troubles. They do not discipline you on what you've done but on how many write ups you've had. The teachers don't want to teach. Majority of them throw tempers and are very biased on discipline. I'm a student and Fort Dorchester is wack

  • (5 years ago)

    I find the violence (fights) very disturbing. I worry about our daughters safety. She is very unhappy at this school but it is the one we are zoned for. We have hopes of relocating her next year for Ashley Ridge.I feel the school worries more about not having any lunch charges then about her ability to learn. Let's not get started on the pushing and shoving in the halls just to get to class. At 4'11' and 90 pounds she gets pushed around a lot.

  • (5 years ago)

    I absolutely love Fort I'm pretty sure that this is the only high school I would want to go to. There is some violence but it's only bad if you involve yourself in it. Overall the Fort is a great place to send your kids. I'll admit that some teachers seem like they don't want to be there but the others can change your lives for the better.

  • (5 years ago)

    Fort Rocks I just graduated from there and whoever 'a student' is does not understand that they just split the high school and are now in a transition with a relatively new principal and has about one forth of its teachers only being there for there second year and this is because the new school that just opened 1 year ago needed many new and competent teachers to add to their faculty. ;) ok there 'a student'.

  • (6 years ago)

    I dont think Fort Dorchester deserves to be rated as a great school. Its a very rough transition and the teachers genuinely do not want to be there. That said there are great teachers there but the majority are anything but. This past year Fort has seen an increase in violence and the school is becoming out of control population wise. If you have a choice of where to go to school or where to send your kids try to avoid Fort Dorchester.

  • (6 years ago)

    My husband serves in the USAF and we choose to live off base so that our children can attend the better schools in DD2! FDHS has a lot of courses and will prepare your child for a future right out of hich school. It is also offers the IB program which is very important to me. Knowing that this school offers higher quality education is great. The low crime rate is an added plus.

  • (6 years ago)

    I attend FDHS and it is great. Everyone is so nice & all of the teachers try their best to teach you. Principal Atkins works very hard to keep everything under control & he does a fine job of it. You should definitely send your kids here.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a good school that is truly becoming an excellent school. I had one child graduate from this school under a different administration team. It was an okay school with bright spots at that time. However under the leadership of Mr. Jim Adkinson it is becoming an educational force to be reckoned with! His compassion for students is beginning to be reflected in the improved attitudes of the faculty. Faculty members such as Richard davis Lori Rowsey Dr. james Hinson and Daniel Barron are showing students how much they care about them as people as well as students. I am really impressed with the changes. kepp up the great work!

  • (7 years ago)

    In my opinion I don't think it is a great school to go to. I currently attend Fort Dorchester High School. The violence and drug issues have increased very rapidly.

  • (7 years ago)

    As an alumnus of the school I thought it was a great place to go to high school. The teachers cared about us and the honors classes were excellent preparation for college. I went on to do well in college and have earned an MBA and JD since leaving the Fort. I would definitely send my kids there if I lived in the area.

  • (7 years ago)

    If you are moving into the area this is a very difficult school for the kids to get acclimiated to. The counselors teachers and principals were awful. We ended up moving our kids to a different school. I will say if you are in the gifted program (IB program/advanced) your chances at a good education are much better. However if you are not you will quickly find that they cater to the lower end as they try to make sure 'that there is no child left behind'. Hence the middle of the road kids are the ones that get 'left behind.'

  • (8 years ago)

    I was a freshman the 05-06 year and it was one of the worst years i have ever had in school. This school has too many problems.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have been at Fort for a year now I will be a Freshman/Sophmore next year. The school is great they had an excellent tutoring system. For FREE. I had an awsome time at Fort my freshman year. The pep rallys and football games were great I went to evry single football game. But school isnt always about fun its about getting the education you need . Fort is the best place to get your education.

  • (9 years ago)

    I have been at fort for a year now and I love it! I am an Pre-IB Student and the education quality is excellent. I feel that I will be ready for college in no time and I am only a Sophomore. The only thing I have to complain about is that Dorchester District 2 does not have a real good discipline policy unfortunately. Other than that Fort is an EXCELLENT SCHOOL!

  • (9 years ago)

    Fort Dorchester High School is far and away the best high school in the greater Charleston/Summerville area. We moved into the area just for this school. Its IB (International Baccalaureate) program is rigorous and highly rated. Its completion almost guarantees a full ride with many SC universities. The well rounded approach to academics sports music and community programs is first rate and the staff are professional and highly approachable. The number of national state and regional award and scholarship recipients is very extraordinary - particularly given the southeast US's tolerance for third rate public schools generally. I would encourage any one to check out this school carefully before committing to any other school or school district in the greater Charleston area.

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